Paradise Network

In this project Recycle continues to reflect on what our time will leave behind for future generations, what artifacts archaeologists will find after we are gone, and whether these artifacts will find their place in the cultural layer.

Paradise Network, however, represents a new turn in Recycle’s work—from the recycling of classical artworks and archaeological projections of the present into the future to an appropriation of virtual reality. Recycle has discovered in social networks features of a brand-new social system, with its own laws, customs and rituals. Our era differs from others in that it dwells not only in real but also in virtual space. "It is neither material nor spiritual, and yet it promises the individual — or rather, his or her ‘profile’—eternal life by adopting the functions of religion. None of the data entered in Facebook is deleted, and sometimes the pages of users who vanished long ago continue to send messages. Sometimes, this profile also gets spam; it continues to have ‘friends,’ exchange ‘likes,’ and so on," argues Recycle. The laws of social networks have become something like the commandments of the twenty-first century: a person who violates them is denied access to eternal life within the network. One of the principal symbols of this world and its inhabitants is the letter f—the first letter of the word Facebook, which Recycle has turned into a gigantic installation.